Barack Obama Donates $5000 to His Own Campaign … “He’s not just talking the talk, he’s walking the walk”, That’s Why he Donated … Good Grief!

As reported at The Politico, President Barack Obama donated $5000 to his favorite charity, himself.  Is Obama that hard up for cash? Things must be a bit tougher than expected for Obama in 2012 in the money beg. Obama certainly is not at a loss when it comes to fundraiser and mucking it up with the Hollywood elite. However, could it be that the “Hope & Change” is gone and he is not getting all those small donations like The One did the first time around? God only knows Obama’s donate to me in lieu of getting wedding gifts was a complete and epic failure, much like Obama’s first term in office.

The beggar in Chief …

“We depend on $5, 10, 25 donations. We don’t get some massive checks
like the other side does.

[editors note: I guess Obama does not consider $40K a plate Hollywood/NY City elite fundraisers big checks.]

President Obama has given $5,000 to his own reelection campaign, an official confirms to POLITICO.

In an email to supporters this morning, Obama said that he had given to his own reelection campaign for the first time as a symbolic gesture.

“On its own, what I gave won’t be enough to surmount the unprecedented fundraising we’ve seen on the other side, both from our opponent’s campaign and from the outside groups and special interests supporting him,” Obama wrote. “But we have always believed that there’s nothing we can’t do when we all pitch in. That includes me.”

Move Over Magnificant 7, Make Room for the FAB FIVE … US Woman Gymnasts Win Team Gold at London Olympics

The 16 year drought is over … The United States FAB FIVE wins gold in the Woman’s gymnastic team final.

It has been since 1996 and the Atlanta Olympic Games since the US Woman’s gymnastic team took home the gold in the tam competition. That was then, this is now. These girls were barely born the last time the US women won the team gold. Tonight, the Fab 5 became the real dream team, realizing their Olympic dreams.  The FAB FIVE, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross, and McKayla Maroney dominated and crushed the competition today. They left no doubt who the best team in the world was and in the end it was not even close. The US decisively beat Russia by an astound 5 points, 183.596 to 178.530.

“I am saying that this team is the best,” U.S. team director Martha Karolyi said. “Only because that [1996] team competed in the United States.”

The Americans coasted to the victory, needing only solid performances on the final rotation, the floor exercise. After Aly Raisman landed her final pass – good enough for a 15.300 – the Americans exploded, jumping, cheering, and hugging each other through tears.

“It’s awesome,” Douglas said. “I’m so proud of these girls. To come out on top feels amazing.”

Russia, China, and the other contenders eventually fell apart, with mistakes and poor performances. The Russians were left in tears but finished with silver. Romania won bronze.

The US girls were nearly flawless as they kept the pressure on the other teams from start to finish. The US, who were paired with Russia throughout the team final, took an early lead with Maroney’s score of 16.233 on the vault. With no due respect to the judges who appear to have been extras from the move ‘Sick It’, Maroney’s vault was so perfect it should ave been a Nadia Comaneci 10 or 16.5. The and sealed the deal on the floor exercise. By the competitions end, the Russians were left in tears.

By the time Raisman took to the floor, where she won bronze at the last world championships, as the final performer of the evening, all the Russian gymnasts were in tears as they watched.

A confident routine delivered, Raisman joined her team mates and the five stood holding hands and gazing up at the giant results screen.

A score of 15.300 flashed up to confirm the magnitude of their win and American fans in the arena erupted into cheers.

“It’s an incredible feeling; just in this moment you realize every single effort and every single sacrifice and so-called suffering through the years with the ups and downs it was worth it,” U.S. team co-ordinator Marta Karolyi told reporters.

GOP Report on ‘Fast and Furious’ Blames 5 ATF Officials for Failed Gun Walking Program

The first shoe has dropped in the Republicans investigation into the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal. The GOP report names five ATF officials for the disastrous gun walking program that oversaw the sale of nearly 2,000 guns to buyers for Mexican drug cartels and contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Up next will be the House commencing legal action against Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce the Contempt of Congress charges. Also, a second of the three reports that is expected to look at the alleged breakdown in management within Department of Justice headquarters with a special focus on the deputy attorney general’s office and the DOJ’s criminal division.

Republican investigators pinned the failures of “Operation Fast and Furious” on five officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a scathing joint congressional draft report issued Monday evening.

The 211-page draft report, obtained by The Hill, called on the Obama administration and the Senate to bolster the leadership of the ATF — which has been without a permanent director for six years — in order to move beyond the failed gun-tracking operation that led House Republicans to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last month.

Specifically, the report pins blame on former Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division William Newell, former Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations William McMahon, former Assistant Director for Field Operations Mark Chait, the former Deputy Director William Hoover, and former acting ATF director Kenneth Melson.

When will Eric Holder step down before or after the 2012 elections?

6 Year Old Chinese Swimmer Ye Shiwen Swam a Faster 50 Meters than Ryan Lochte … A London Summer Olympic Doping Scandal in the Making

You’ve come a long way baby, but not that far as many skeptics question the 16 year old Chinese swimmers eye opening time and not believable.

16 year old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen obliterated the competition on Saturday at the London Summer Olympic games as she swam the 400 meter individual medley in a world-record time. But was it too good to be true? The swim was described as “unbelievable” and “disturbing”. Not only did she take more than a second off the world’s record, she actually swam the  final 100m of freestyle, in which she recorded a split time of 58.68sec, that aroused Leonard’s suspicion. Ye Shiwen also swam the last 50m she was quicker than the American Ryan Lochte who participated in the men’s 400m IM. Really, c,mon man. Who really believes that is possible?

China has become embroiled in the first doping controversy of the London Games after one of the world’s most respected coaches described the swimming prodigy Ye Shiwen’s gold medal performance as “unbelievable” and “disturbing”.

The American John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, said the 16-year-old’s performance was “suspicious” and said it brought back “a lot of awful memories” of the Irish swimmer Michelle Smith’s race in the same event at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Smith, now Michelle de Bruin, was banned for four years in 1998 after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Ye stunned world swimming on Saturday by winning gold in the 400m individual medley in a world-record time. It was her final 100m of freestyle, in which she recorded a split time of 58.68sec, that aroused Leonard’s suspicion. Over the last 50m she was quicker than the American Ryan Lochte, who won the men’s 400m individual medley in the second-fastest time in history .

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Drew Peterson Murder Trail of Third Wife Kathleen Savio Begins Today in Joliet, Illinois … Opening Arguments

It’s finally here … will there be Justice for Kathleen Savio?

In 2004 Drew Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio was found dead in a bath tub, the death was ruled as an accidental death. It was not until the disappearance and presumed death of Drew Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson. That opened up speculation into to how Savio might have died. Her body was exhumed and it was determined that her death was actually a drowning by homicideDrew Peterson was then arrested and charged in the murder of Kathleen Savio.

Finally, three years after he was arrested and eight years after Kathleen Savio was found dead, the murder trial begins today for Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook, IL police officer. Peterson’s defense attorney Joel Brodsky has stated he planned to use his opening statement to “tell the story of Drew Peterson from beginning to end … and show the state’s theory is implausible at best.” One has to wonder how the media attention starved Drew Peterson will act in court in front of the jurors and whether it will make him sympathetic or a pariah. The defense is expected to argue that Savio’s death was an accident and that there is no physical evidence placing Peterson at the scene of her death.


Eight and a half years after his third wife was found dead in a bathtub, the murder trial of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson is set to begin in earnest with opening statements Tuesday.

The 58-year-old Peterson is accused in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in a trial that has been postponed for two years. He also remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

A jury of seven men and five women, chosen over two days last week, will weigh Drew Peterson’s fate during a trial in Joliet, Illinois, that is expected to last about a month, according to his lawyer Joel Brodsky.

Drew Peterson murder trial finally set to begin.

Though the trial officially began last week with the selection of a seven-man, five-woman jury, Will County Judge Edward Burmila reserved opening statements for this week. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are preparing to explain for the first time to Peterson’s jurors what they should expect to hear during the highly anticipated case.

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday morning after Burmila and the attorneys first address two last-minute motions by Peterson’s defense team. The contents of the motions were sealed.

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